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The four cantatas selected by Philippe Herreweghe for this recording date from the first year of Bach's activity in Leipzig. Written at a tight pace between late July and early September 1723, they underscore, above all, the composer's obvious effort to establish original musical proposals. He continually showed the musicians and listeners that he was not serving them routine 'cantor's music' but was writing sacred music as a true Kapellmeister. In this first volume of Bach cantatas for the PHI label, the Collegium Vocale Gent is interpreting a few cantatas (BWV 25 and 46) for the first time.